Alternative gyoza tutorial #1

I like this tutorial mainly because he was very concise on the forming of the gyozas. I took a very long-winded, start-from-the-basics approach but I think it was unnecessary. He smartly used 4-quandrant photos to quickly show the process of forming, which I think makes the process seem easier while keeping it sufficiently explanatory for the readers to understand.

Bunny Paper Cut


I liked the fact that the author of the Bunny paper cut asked those who have never done a paper cut before to practice on a scrap piece of paper prior to starting the tutorial. Instead of telling the reader how he/she should hold the knife, the author encouraged the reader to explore how they feel most comfortable holding the knife. This would make me much less intimidated by this type of project. The author also talks about how much they enjoy paper cutting which leads me to believe I would enjoy it too. Lots of positivity and encouragement!

The Rope Bridge Shelf (Reference for The Hanging Shelves of Babylon)

This Rope Bridge Shelf uses processes very similar to the ones I used to make my shelf, but it succeeds in a few ways I think mine does not.

  1. There is no explicit room for customization. It is assumed that if people want to customize it, they don’t need to be told where to do so.
  2. There are a few standardized parts that make the whole thing look much more professional.
  3. The glamor shot is in use in context.

I think incorporating these three things into my tutorial will help it be even stronger.

Similar Tutorial #1: How to Create a Stereoscopic Image for Crossed Eye Image Viewing – Richard

Nice tutorial creating a cross eyed viewing Stereogram in Photoshop. The screens are exhaustive but helpful and the layout is clear. What is quite nice is the time estimate that the tutorial gives at the beginning.

Homework and 10/16: tutorial presentations!

Right away: blog your draft tutorial here so your classmates can give you constructive feedback.

For next class:

Research tutorials on a similar subject to yours. Find and blog three of these that are better than yours in some way, and use those observations to improve your tutorial. Schedule:

Cassy: Wednesday, Saturday, Monday
Clay: Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Damon: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
David H.: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Emi: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Gaia: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Charlotta: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Richard: Wednesday, Saturday, Monday
Willy: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Joseph: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Katie: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Mansi: Thursday, Saturday, Monday
Matthew: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Zena: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Rona: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Sam: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
David T.: Thursday, Saturday, Monday

Did you know you can schedule blog posts in advance? You can! Look for the text “Publish immediately” in the post composition window and click “Edit” next to it. Change the publish date to your assigned day if you want to make the post beforehand!

Update your project blog post to reflect its final version, or make a new post about your finished tutorial. Include some of the intro text or write some new text motivating the blog reader to click over and read your tutorial (don’t forget the link!). Your post should also contain one of your best images.

Find five blogs to send your project to (or more!). Look for a “tip” submission form or email address and pitch your project. Keep it short and sweet, and be sure to include the Instructables URL. Email me the list of blogs you chose. Send out your projects by Friday so that bloggers have a chance to publish your project before class– we will be discussing the reader responses and view counts on your Instructables.

In class next week we’ll have a special guest, Haley Pierson-Cox! She is a rock star crafter and tutorial writer and her fresh look at your projects should yield some great feedback. Please arrive on time and load your project up in a tab on the presentation computer!

Your presentations should:
-concisely take us through the tutorial with photos (don’t read your tutorial to us)
-discuss reader reactions and what blogs wrote about your project
-express your biggest success during this project and also your biggest challenge, and what you would do differently if you had the chance
-ask the audience specific questions to direct the type of feedback you need